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ADA Transportation Survey—
We Want Your Views

April 2012


ADA Transportation Survey—
We Want Your Views

Dear Friends,

DREDF is unveiling a short web survey, Public Transit Choices By People With Disabilities, as part of our transportation research on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We hope many people in the disability community across the country will participate in the survey, which can also be found at: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/882523/TransitChoices. Please take the survey, and disseminate this notice so others take the survey. Your responses will help us understand what factors are most important to riders with disabilities when deciding which transit mode to use.

Organizations: Please also post the survey on your website, send this notice to your members, and include it in your e-newsletters.

The confidential results will be part of a national study called Transit Cooperative Research Project B-40: Strategy Guide to Enable and Promote the Use of Fixed-Route Transit by People with Disabilities. The goal is to develop strategies to improve bus and train systems for people with disabilities. DREDF's research partners are TranSystems Corporation, The Collaborative, and KFH Group.

Please take the survey, and encourage others to do so!


Research to develop the "Strategy Guide to Enable and Promote the Use of Fixed-Route Transit by People with Disabilities" is being conducted for the Transit Cooperative Research Program, which is part of the Transportation Research Board and the National Academy of Sciences. The research is supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). The prime contractor is TranSystems Inc., and the other members of the research team, along with DREDF, are The Collaborative and KFH Group.

The disability community's participation is a key factor in our research. Through interviews (already conducted) and this survey, the project aims to gain a greater understanding of what factors most affect the choices people with disabilities make about which mode of transportation they will use for particular trips.

This project will explore a variety of ways to encourage and enable people with disabilities who are at least part time ("conditionally") eligible for ADA paratransit to increase their use of the fixed route public transit bus and/or train service. Major areas of study will include improving the accessibility of bus and train systems, including the streets and sidewalks used to reach bus stops and train stations; providing optional travel training; providing fare incentive programs; marketing the benefits of bus and train services to the disability community; and exploring improved methods of paratransit eligibility determination.

The study will also focus on the benefits of combining multiple approaches. For example, efforts to improve the pedestrian infrastructure, including public rights-of-way (PROW), can be more effective when priority stops are identified using information from travel training and eligibility determination. The Strategy Guide will stress a holistic approach to encouraging fixed route use.

If you have questions, you can contact DREDF.

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